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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 19 (2014) pp 369-378

Nobel Prizes During World War I (1914–1918), Part 2: Max von Laue (1879–1960)

George B. Kauffman*and Jean-Pierre Adloff

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,; Honorary Professor, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France F-67100,

Published: 5 December 2014

Abstract. The Nobel Prize in Physics for 1914 was awarded to Max von Laue (1879–1960) of the Universität Frankfurt am Main “for his discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals.” Von Laue’s life and career with an emphasis on his Nobel-winning research are discussed.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; Nobel Prizes; World War I; Biography; History of Physics; X-Ray Diffraction; X-Ray Crystallography; X-Ray Spectroscopy; Atomic Structure; Optics; Thermodynamics; Theory of Relativity; Hereditary Nobility

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